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Ohio's Troubled Online School Loses More Court Battles in Repayment Feud
In yet another legal blow, the Ohio Supreme Court last week rejected online school giant Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's requests to block the state from collecting $60.4 million in overpayments for inflating its attendance.
On the same day, July 12, a common-pleas judge rejected ECOT's argument that the state board of education violated Ohio's open-meetings law during a meeting in which the repayment issue was discussed.
The decision by the supreme court means the Ohio education department can start deducting $2.5 million each month from ECOT's state aid beginning with this month's payment.
In June, the state school board ordered restitution after education department investigators used computer log-in durations and offline documentation to verify 6,313 full-time ECOT students, about 60 percent less than the students ECOT claimed.
Vol. 36, Issue 37, Pages 4-5Published in Print: July 19, 2017, as Ohio's Troubled Online School Loses More Court Battles in Repayment Feud